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This is about a girlfriend the singer is trying to help, but he's tired of trying so hard to do everything for her. He drinks too much and he wants her to just go away. Tonight is their last stand, and then it's over so he can move on with his own life. (thanks, Joanna - Austin, TX)
The song deals with getting tired of trying to fix everyone else's problems, but having a hard time because you care so much. You can't stop caring, so you tear yourself open for the people you care about, and then heal to get ready for the next time you have to do it. And then, at one point you still care, but you just can't do it anymore. You have to tell them, "You fix yourself," and that is the hardest part. (thanks, Kacie - Rogers, AR)
The girl in the video scars is Taylor Cole, who is on the TV show Summerland. (thanks, leah - hunstville, TX)
Lead singer Jacoby Shaddix built this song around Hannibal Lecter's lament that "Our scars remind me that the past is real" in the movie Red Dragon. Anthony Hopkins, who portrayed Hannibal, says that when he prepared for this role he did not study serial killers but cats. If you watch him closely in Silence Of The Lambs it is evident not just in the way he moves his body but also the way he blinks his eyes. He says if you pay careful attention you will see the feline quality in every scene he is in. (thanks, Jessie - Dallas, TX)
Shaddix explained the band's name in an interview with Spin magazine: "We came up with the name back in 1993 when we were like sixteen years old - young and dumb. At the time we were listening to lots of bands with funky names - stuff like Mr. Bungle, Primus, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. We were also playing weird spastic funk-punk like they were, so we thought we should have a name that fit in with that vibe. At first we wanted to name the band Papa Gato after [a nickname for] Poncho Sanchez, the Latin percussionist. But then I thought, what if we named it after my grandfather - his last name is Roach. The other guys were like, 'You mean roach like as in weed?' But I also thought Papa Roach had a dirty, grimy sense of longevity that really represented where we were as people at the time. Roaches last, you know? The name still fits."
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